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Poll (of sorts): Protein shakes/smoothies - your recipe?(22 posts)

Poll (of sorts): Protein shakes/smoothies - your recipe?_rt_
Jul 30, 2003 9:23 AM
i hate breakfast and have not eaten a meal before 11 am in at least 15 years. however, with all the training & racing i am doing this season i am having trouble keeping weight on and have had serious difficulties with bonking during long endurance-type races (most of which start long before my 11 am breakfast time).....Not to mention i've had 3 different people in less than 1 week tell me that i look like i could use a good meal......or 12 (though i hardly hold a candle to Tyler's victim-look)

so i'm thinking that maybe the answer is a protien shake/smoothie of some sort in the morning - especially the morning of a race. If you make 'em, what's your recipe?

Corona, lime, and a dash of salt:-) nmDave Hickey
Jul 30, 2003 9:29 AM
little harsh for the am i think! ;-) (nm)_rt_
Jul 30, 2003 9:40 AM
Your right. Scotch instead..;-) (nm)Dave Hickey
Jul 30, 2003 10:25 AM
Yeah, Irish Whiskey in your coffee is a bit smoother. nmNo_sprint
Jul 30, 2003 10:27 AM
re: Poll (of sorts): Protein shakes/smoothies - your recipe?Spunout
Jul 30, 2003 9:33 AM
Before ride: carbs, carbs, carbs. 2 bananas, orange juice, honey, any other fruit. Malt powder, aim for 600+ calories. Eat some bread!

After ride: Bananas, yogurt, OJ, 1 heaping tbsp. concentrated whey protein, about 4:1 carbs to protein.
re: Poll (of sorts): Protein shakes/smoothies - your recipe?No_sprint
Jul 30, 2003 9:33 AM
They're very good in the morning. I use a special one called Fitshake. Not avail. in stores, avail. through me. It has the best protein to carb ratio and the least sugar of any I've come across. I've used the Zoneperfect shakes, though they're too sweet and I mix it with a straight Whey protein. Many times I'll put fresh strawberries and fresh Kiwi in them. Sometimes fresh bananas, peaches, nectarines, sometimes frozen mixed berries. Trader Joe's has some good ones, don't know if you have Trader Joe's in your area. Dorian Yates has a good one but it's more like a gainer.

It's definitely a good idea for you to have something before 11. The shakes work great for that. Many don't require blending.
re: Poll (of sorts): Protein shakes/smoothies - your recipe?Mootsie
Jul 30, 2003 9:42 AM
The recipe seems weird, but they taste great and have a pretty good balance of protein, carbs and fat. I drink them in the morning, but they would work well pre or post ride as well. So here ya go...
2 cups Soy milk, 5-6 large frozen strawberries, 1/3 cup powdered whey, 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/3 cup choc. Carnation Instant Breakfast, and about 1/4 cup or so of flax seed. Blend well for a thick and addictive shake.
wow. that sounds horrible!!_rt_
Jul 30, 2003 9:47 AM
so it must taste great! doesn't the oatmeal make it lumpy?

wow. that sounds horrible!!msmootsiemartin
Jul 30, 2003 5:13 PM
Maybe I left out the part about putting it in a blender. So blend well and it comes out like a good, thick milkshake. They actually are pretty yummy.
re: Poll (of sorts): Protein shakes/smoothies - your recipe?ColnagoFE
Jul 30, 2003 9:48 AM
i drink one pretty much every morning.
2 scoops whey protein, a handful of frozen mixed berries, fill with skim milk and blend.
re: Poll (of sorts): Protein shakes/smoothies - your recipe?theBreeze
Jul 30, 2003 10:20 AM
I have a couple different ones. For a quickie in the morning before a ride (though not for something over 40-50 miles) blend a banana with 1 cup soy milk or OJ and a couple ice cubes.

Smoothie recipies.
Fresh or frozen fruit, I like bananas, mangos, or most types of berries. Strawberry and mango is one of my favorites.
1-1.5 cups liquid, usually soy milk (non fat) or OJ.
Protein powder, I like the Spiru-tein brand, soy based (non-GMO), no sugar, and it comes in a variety of flavors. I prefer the plain that way I can mix it with anything.

Other possible additions; honey, oatmeal (yeah, it is a little chunky but not bad), peanut butter, plain low fat yogurt.
one swingin' Mango fandangoBergMann
Jul 30, 2003 11:50 AM
If you're fortunate enough to live near a Trader Joe's or another grocer that stocks frozen mango chunks, you can try my fav:

(amounts are rough estimates, adjust to your taste):

3 cups OJ (you need liquid to keep things movin', feel free to add more if things bog down)
1 cup yoghurt
1 cup frozen peaches
2 cups frozen mangoes
1 fresh or frozen banana

optional: protein powder & a dash of lime juice.

No mangoes? Substitute frozen strawberries and you still have a pretty mean shake.

alright people, tell me about whey proteinJS Haiku Shop
Jul 30, 2003 12:12 PM
wow, it's coming up in nearly every post.

I did yahoo, and found the "official" whey protein site.

tell me more...

where do you buy it? prices? amounts? use? results?


Jul 30, 2003 12:42 PM
I'm no nutritionist. I attempt to keep my protein intake up for many reasons, for similar reasons I try to keep my carb, especially simple sugars down. This is one reason I don't just drink a fruit shake, there is a lot of sugar in fruit. The protein powder, whether it is whey or not, helps bring my protein intake up. Protein is key for a rider because we constantly break down muscle and protein is a key rebuilder. There are not a whole lot ways to get lots of protein. Meats and beans are probably the top 2. The great thing about concentrated whey protein is you get a lot more protein without all the stuff that comes along with it in a steak. The comparison is the same with other protein powders, let's say from soy. More bang for your buck.

Protein powders come in all shapes and sizes, some are geared toward a gainer and have tons of other stuff in them. Some are geared to weight loss.

I get what is probably a 1.5lb can of straight whey from Trader Joe's for I think, 9.95.
I go the bulk store route, concentrated whey protein..Spunout
Jul 30, 2003 4:26 PM
is as cheap as $5/lb. Soy protein is available also. I shop at a earthy natural food store, they've shown me the label on the bulk bags of the product, it is legit. I'm worried about what else is in pre-packaged products.

Like Larry says, sometimes I don't have the time to eat 1/2 of a roast chicken per day, so look elsewhere. I'm battling unintentional weight loss right now, below 155 and lost alot of power in July for my A races. I was faster in June! One beer a day helps (a big Heineken, IMHO) too. Hoppalytes!
here's what i get...$26 for 5lb tubColnagoFE
Jul 31, 2003 6:22 AM
alright people, tell me about whey proteinmsmootsiemartin
Jul 30, 2003 5:20 PM
Whey is the only complete protein. Soy is OK, but lacks a few things. The downside is that whey is higher in colesteral so if you are watching that, be careful.
Protein is essential for muscle recovery, most of which happens when you sleep. So if you decide to do the protein supplement thing, at least do some before bed.
thanks, will try it. nmJS Haiku Shop
Jul 31, 2003 5:34 AM
nothing that special about itColnagoFE
Jul 31, 2003 6:19 AM
it is supposed to be more bioavailable than other forms of protein so it's most popular with bodybuilders. plus soy protein has gotten a bad rap among men because of the psytoestrogens present in it. good for females...not so good for men wanting to build muscle.
thanks everyone!!_rt_
Jul 31, 2003 5:17 AM
i've got a lot to work i just need to go buy a blender!

cheep and simple...lemmy999
Jul 31, 2003 6:15 AM
I get cheap non-flavored Whey Protein from It is about $42+~$8 shiping for 11 pounds. I then mix about 1/2 scoop (~11 grams of proten) with 10 oz of Lactaid milk (I am lactose intolerant). Most people thinks this doesn't taste so good, but I don't think it is too bad.